|The shade thermometer at 4:30 PM, today.|
We have two window AC units to keep us comfy and while we know our cats are also not fans of the heat, for some reason, they prefer to stretch out on the floor in the warmer parts of the house.
|Taz being silly|
We had rain just one day before the heat wave so the garden is handling the heat better than the humans, or the cats. And now I'll prove it.
I found this little Blue Pimpernel at a variety store for cheap and decided I needed to have it. It just started blooming.
|Blue Pimpernel Anagallis monellii|
Another little flower, Talinum calycinum just started blooming. I had it in a bed last year but it got smothered by its neighbors so I dug up all the seedlings (it reseeds beautifully) and planted them in a pot. The flowers are no bigger than a half inch in diameter, but so pretty!
|It's easy to see the male and female flower parts. No wonder they reseed so well.|
This 'Double Delight' rose bush has been struggling for years under the shade of neighboring trees. I think maybe it has adapted to the low light because this is the second blossom this year. Not a bumper crop by any means but I'll take what I can get.
|The uber fragrant, Rosa 'Double Delight'|
While nursery hopping with my garden buddy Heather last week, I couldn't pass up getting two pots of bargain-priced hardy orchids (Bletilla ochracea). Aren't those the cutest faces?
I was also unable to resist two pots of Lewis Monkeyflower I recently spied. It's been on my wish list forever. I love that flower.
|Lewis Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii) going "ahh!"|
|Cool pink flowers on Rodgersia 'Bronze Peacock'|
I sowed Salvia viscosa seed in early 2015. One plant made it. And now it's blooming!
I'm happy that all of my little Chinese Foxglove survived.
|Chinese Foxglove Rehmannia elata|
The annual Rhodochiton is blooming like crazy!
|Rhodochiton 'Purple Bells'|
|Rosa 'Lyda' survived its transplant last year.|
|Japanese Iris Iris ensata 'Variegata'|
|The first bloom on Scabiosa caucasica 'Fama' with lots more to come|
|Brachyscome 'Magenta Bliss' with variegated Ivy|
|Clematis viticella 'Confetti'|
My night-blooming phlox is doing great this year.
|Here is super sweetly fragrant Night-Blooming Phlox after 4 PM|
(Zaluziankya capensis 'Midnight Candy')
|And here it is before 4 PM.|
And now presenting a
Here is an area right by the covered patio that was terribly overgrown and messy. I had mistakenly planted my (huge) Indigofera heterantha here. Then to add insult to injury, I underplanted the area with a spreading Japanese anemone and ... (wait for it) Bishop's Weed. Yes. That was almost twenty years ago. I was dumb. There was also a hardy fuchsia squeezed in there.
In February I started digging on the dormant Indigofera and with much determination I was able to get it out of the ground and relocated to a spot where it can stretch out. The Japanese Anemones and Bishop's Weed are an ongoing chore. The hardy fuchsia wasn't nearly as difficult to relocate.
The focal point of the area is a comparatively compact and well-behaved 'Ruby Slippers' Hydrangea quercifolia with a few smaller edging plants.
|Here's a look from the patio. The gravel channel is for rainwater run-off from the patio roof,|
|And another vantage point, to the right of the area, looking out into part of the garden.|
I'll probably add a few more ground covers to the area but first I want to make sure there aren't any more Japanese anemone or Bishop's Weed roots threatening to come back.
And finally, some wide shots.
|The Mock Orange, Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' in the background.|
Wow did the warm temperatures bring out its fragrance.
|You can see the aforementioned redux in the very back of this photo.|
The little Thyme carpet is getting ready to bloom.
The bees are going to be so happy.
|These Dianthus are not terribly thrilled with getting so much shade from the tree above them.|
I might have to do some relocating this fall.
|It's getting a little chaotic.|
|Rosa 'William Baffin' and boy have those Boxwood balls really grown!|
|The glorious Clematis viticella 'Madame Julia Correvon'|
Not the best photo, unfortunately.
|The resident spotted towhees have abandoned not one but two nests so far this year.|
This one had eggs.
Thanks for visiting, everyone. Enjoy your gardens.